The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda are gearing up for awards season.
The mandalorian It was a perfect comfort display for tough times, offering a bite-sized, low-stress, space-based weekly badassery twist with a garnish of Baby Yoda adoration. This sci-fi action game is a far cry from prestigious television as serious as The Crown, and yet the two shows are tied for the most part. 2021 Emmy Award Nominations (24 each). But what The crown telling two different stories to two groups of fans at the same time? No he was not.
Season 1 and Season 2 of The Mandalorian are available to stream now on Disney Plus. The Emmy-nominated second season saw Mando searching for his own kind so that he could return Baby Yoda to the Jedi. The Crown and Mare of Easttown are wonderful, but it’s also refreshing to see Emmy voters bow down on their golden hats at stories of pure entertainment genre like Mandalorian, Boys, WandaVision or Ted lasso in a way the golden balloons or Academy Awards do not you dare.
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Just a couple of episodes in Mandalorian season 2 did I realize just how deftly the series walked a razor’s edge between entertaining casual viewers and hardcore Star Wars nerds, leading to a seismic final moment.
I love Star Wars, but I’m a fan of the movies every couple of years instead of a must-devour-more-spin-offs a little fan. For example, let’s look at the other Mandalorians featured in the series. When their leader, the Heiress, appeared in episode 3, he had no idea who she was. I was intrigued to find out more about her in future installments, and not for a moment did I feel like information about her was lacking. The Mandalorian felt like something I could tune in to every week without thinking too much.
And yet, reading the handy summary of episode 3 From my Star Wars-obsessed friend Sean Keane, I learned that the heiress Bo-Katan Kryze was actually a major character in The Clone Wars. I had no idea! At no point did I feel like I had missed something, or that the show had suddenly crossed paths with unknown stories or arcane continuity.
The same thing happened to the dusty lawyer Cobb Vanth in episode 1 of season 2. I loved him because he was a cool character and I love it Timothy Olyphant. Only later did I realize that devoted fans would be even more excited to see Olyphant take on the role of a familiar character from previous Star Wars spin-offs. The Mandalorian’s use of these characters works on both levels without excluding the casual viewer.
Because let’s face it, while cinematic universes are rewarding for long-term fans, they can sometimes be hard work. I love Marvel too, but nothing makes me get out of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie faster than when I find myself thinking, wait, am I supposed to know who that guy is? When he did it what happen? If The Mandalorian ever felt like he had to do homework to understand what was going on, then he would have lost his magic to see comfort.
No wonder The Mandalorian was a hit, then. The show struck a deft balance between telling a rich and fun indie story for casual viewers, while, on another level, weaving the Star Wars backstory for die-hard fans.
Speaking of the Star Wars backstory, it might feel Really Star Wars-y. Obviously Mando found himself regularly caught up on a mission of the week very similar to previous installments, but as the season progressed, we finally met a few. true Imperials – Oily pinch-faced officers and bright white Stormtroopers who are attacked in the corridors. Old school stuff!
After the remnants of the grimy frontier from season 1, it was interesting to see that the Empire continued to function, complete with stark uniforms and a downright impressive devotion to the cause. If anything, these Imperials were played too much for a laugh and the Mandalorians played a bit too invincible, so it was great to see nasty boss Moff Gideon up the ante with some real villainy to show just how dark the Dark Side can be.
And finally, I loved the twist on the Mandalore tradition. There is a tragic pathos to the story of a man who can never reveal his face and believes that his own home is cursed, only to find that his beliefs may not be as inviolable as he thought. It’s downright amazing that I was so into the emotions that unfold under a blank metal helmet. Lake? If you were wondering how a comfortable, stress-free half-hour half-hour viewing session could garner so much respect from the Emmys, this is why: The Mandalorian really works on so many levels.
Check out our recaps of all the Easter eggs from The Mandalorian and the important Star Wars continuity references:
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